10- The number of Asian Americans who launched bids for Congress in 2010
30- The number of Asian Americans who have launched bids for Congress in 2012.
In a recent article written by CNN, it states that Asians are among the fastest growing groups in the U.S. and that because three times as many Asian-Americans have been running for Congress this year than in the past election, it signifies “changes in demographic trends and reflects the recent political awakening of a minority group long confined to the margins of American society.”
In addition, candidates from New York, Tennessee, and Florida are looking to become the first people of Asian descent from their state to join Congress.
If you continue to read the article, Judy Chu (D-California) makes a great point about the significance of these numbers beyond politics. She talks about the typical Asian American and Pacific Islander stereotype of how we are always quiet, don’t speak up, and don’t fight back. As an Asian-American youth, I can’t help but agree.
Aside from all the differing views of political policies from Democrats or Republicans, this issue of a minority group propelling itself to hold positions in Congress is truly a huge step towards not only influencing other Asian politicians, but also the youth in America to hold leadership positions and oust stereotypes.
Of course, no issue would be complete without its critics. In this case, many critics still debate about how much trustworthy and loyal these Asians are to America. Absurd, right?
But for now, let’s toast to the recent wave of new Asian-American faces making a run at Congress!